Rao ChagantiAssistant Research Scientist
In the News:
- Award honours adjunct professor for Early Career Environmental Research, University of Windsor Daily News, 9/18/2018
- ‘We’re not finding any really scary pathogens’ — results of citizen-led water testing released, CBC News, 8/16/2018
- How citizen scientists are making beaches safer in Windsor-Essex, TVO.org, 8/29/2017
- UWindsor researchers calling for ‘citizen scientists’ to help collect water samples, Welland Tribune, 8/16/2017
- Great Lakes institute calling for hundreds of ‘citizen scientists’ to help with water testing, CBC News, 8/16/2017
- ‘Citizen Scientists’ sought for water quality experiment, CTV News, 8/16/2017
- University seeks citizen scientists for water study, Windsor Star, 8/15/2017
- Delegation discusses research with federal officials, University of Windsor Daily News, 5/20/2016
- Citizen scientists sought for beach water sampling, University of Windsor Daily News, 5/17/2016
Citizen Science Used in Water Study
Dr. Subba Rao Chaganti recently joined CIGLR as an Assistant Research Scientist. Chaganti’s research focuses on understanding the structural and functional diversity of the microbial community (bacteria, archaea, and protists) and how they mutually interact within the aquatic, terrestrial and host associated environments, how they are influenced by biotic and abiotic mechanisms and how they are altered by aquatic invasive species and other anthropogenic inputs and its overall impact on the ecosystem process. To answer these questions his research shares a core set of interdisciplinary tools sourced from ecology, environmental biology, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics while viewing microbes as cellular components of the ecosystem body. As a part of CIGLR, he is working on projects distinguishing toxin-producing from non-toxin producing cyanobacterial blooms and improve short-term toxin forecasting by application of omics tools, identification of biotic and abiotic conditions that trigger the toxin genes of cyanobacteria, monitoring rare and aquatic invasive species using environmental DNA and its ecological impact, assessing lower food web dynamics and their importance to fisheries and mapping unknown trophic pathways from microbes to crustacean zooplankton.
- 2008, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India
- 2003, M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Periyar University, India
- 2001, B.Sc. in Microbiology and Chemistry, Osmania University, India
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
- Identification of biotic and abiotic conditions that trigger the toxin genes of cyanobacteria
- Assessing lower food web dynamics and their importance to fisheries
- Monitoring endangered and aquatic invasive species using environmental DNA
- Role of microbes in host-parasite interactions
VanMensel, D., SR Chaganti, IG Droppo and CG Weisener. 2019. Exploring bacterial pathogen community dynamics in freshwater beach sediments: A tale of two lakes. Environmental Microbiology. (DOI:10.1111/1462-2920.14860). [Altmetric Score]
Petri, B., SR Chaganti, P-S Chan and DD Heath. 2019. Phytoplankton growth characterization in short term culture assay using 18S metabarcoding and qRT-PCR. Water Research. (DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2019.114941). [Altmetric Score]
He, X., SR Chaganti and DD Heath. 2018. Population-specific responses to interspecific competition in the gut microbiota of two Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) populations. Microbial Ecology. (DOI:10.1007%2Fs00248-017-1035-6). [Altmetric Score]
SR Chaganti. (2019) Environmental Stress on Phenotype Plasticity: Is it Good or Bad or Worst for Natural and Engineered Ecosystems, ASM microbe 2019, San Francisco, CA June 20-24th.
SR Chaganti, AH Shahraki*, DD Heath. (2018) Citizen Scientists for large-scale water quality testing in the Great Lakes: Metabarcoding Microbes. Jun 18-22nd, IAGLR, University of Toronto, Scarborough, On, Canada.
AH Shahraki*, SR Chaganti, DD Heath. (2018) Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Microbial Community Composition of Recreational Water. Jun 18-22nd, IAGLR, University of Toronto, Scarborough, On, Canada.
A Skoyles*, C Weisener, SR Chaganti. (2018) Assessing the Microbial Community and Function of BioCord Bioreactors in Lagoon Wastewater Treatment. Jun 18-22nd, IAGLR, University of Toronto, Scarborough, On, Canada.